Friday, May 10, 2013

Clarification on Two Previous Posts

It has come to my attention that at least one reader was offended by the post entitled Five YA Novels Featuring a Protagonist with Asperger's or Autism. First, I'd like to apologize for not making it clear that Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism. I am aware of this fact and while I alluded to this in the post about middle grade novels in the same vein, I realize I did not explicitly state this in either post. The reason for the title was two-fold. First, I was misinformed that April is Asperger's Syndrome Awareness Month, as well being Autism Awareness Month, and wanted to make that distinction. It turns out this is not true: April is Autism Awareness Month. Second, the title seemed rather too long with everything explained. That said, Asperger's is autism, not an either/or situation, and I will change the posts and titles to reflect that.

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 this same reader also took offense with the blurbs featured for the books. Those blurbs were taken from Goodreads and we would love to know exactly which ones​ any reader may find offensive​ and why. Once we have this information, we can decide what to do concerning the
We have not made this clear in the past so we want to make sure it is clear now: if you ever read anything on this blog that you find offensive, please ​let us know​! We are not above making mistakes, and though we are a diverse bunch, we do not personally represent every diverse group we highlight on this blog. We would very much appreciate it if you would kindly bring it to our attention if we ever misstep, keeping in mind that we would never do such a thing maliciously, as our goal is to promote diversity, not create more problems through misrepresentation. We thank you in advance for your honesty​ and hope this apology and clarification helps any readers that were offended by previous posts​!

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